We Take Pride in Hiring our Nation’s Veterans

We Take Pride in Hiring our Nation’s Veterans

Here at Sapp Bros., Inc. we take pride in hiring our nation’s veterans. We’ve found we share many of the same values and think they make awesome teammates! So we thought we’d take a moment to recognize a few of our current veterans and let them share their story with you. We hope that you enjoy hearing it, and that you find their advice helpful as you explore options for your new career.


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Brian Chase - Omaha, NE Assistant Shop Manager

United States Marine Corps- 12 Years United States Army Reserves- 6 Years

Sapp Bros Employee Paul Burgess

What branch of Service were you in and for how long?

I served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years.  I went back to the civilian world but couldn’t shake the desire to continue serving my country so I joined the United States Army Reserves for an additional 6 years.  

What was your experience like transitioning from Military life to civilian employment?

It was a rather drastic change.  There was the cultural shock.  Trying to transition from a regimented, detail oriented lifestyle that placed great responsibilities on oneself, to the more relaxed, casual environment of the civilian lifestyle.  I was fully indoctrinated with the military lifestyle and found it practical, useful and productive.  At times, even now, I find myself struggling to accept anything less than perfection in my own performance, or that of my team and my support staff.  My personal experience in the hiring process at Sapp Bros. was very efficient, friendly and informative.     

How has your experience been working for Sapp Bros? 

Due to my prior experiences in life, I have found my experience thus far with Sapp Bros Inc. to be fun, challenging, educational and rewarding.  Having the daily opportunity to impact the potential growth of this company, even at my level, is both exciting and a grave responsibility.  Our Guests make this job worthwhile and I’ve made a great number of friends along the way.  I think of all of our Guests as my friend.  We don’t just provide a service.  We have a chance to make a significant difference in our Guests daily lives by what we provide.  We need to be informative, friendly, professional, approachable, and sincere in our interest in their needs.  Without them, we wouldn’t be here.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet and welcome our guests; old and new, first-timers and plank holders, to our Service center.  Catching up with our Guests as they travel across the country, and they take the time to just stop in and say “Hi” is an incredible feeling!

What advice would you like to give to Veterans that are transitioning to civilian employment?

Be open-minded.  Be ready to accept any challenge, be vigilant in your ETHOS but mindful that the civilian side operates under a more relaxed protocol.  Get involved with your company, your community and your family/friends.  The transition can be daunting but as with any challenge, can be overcome.  Realize that most of what we have done, for those who have served, doesn’t always easily translate to outside civilian jobs but there are organizations ready and willing to help you with this transition and convert your skills to a more appreciative audience of employers.

Want to work with Brian? Our Omaha service center is hiring right now! View all of our positions and apply now! Many of our 9 service centers are looking for friendly mechanics now!



Daniel Adams - General Manager Denver, CO

United States Navy- 4 Years

Sapp Bros Employee Daniel Adams

What branch of Service were you in and for how long?

Navy 4 years  

What was your experience like transitioning from Military life to civilian employment?

I was unprepared, not sure of what kind of career I wanted and trying to convert back into civilian life at work was trying. Sapp Bros. hiring experience was simple. I was recruited because of the training I received in the Navy and hired on to be a Trans loader.  

How has your experience been working for Sapp Bros?       

My experience with Sapp Bros has been exceptional. The military lives and dies by their core values. Sapp Bros. does the same. They truly care about every employee.  

What advice would you like to give to Veterans that are transitioning to civilian employment?          

Be prepared and do the research before you act. Work as hard as you did in the military in the civilian work place. Trust me it will pay off!

Daniel is the General Manager at our Denver travel center and can help you transition from the military to the civilian world. View our career center to see all of our open jobs. Not applying in Denver? That’s OK, give him a call anytime to talk about it!



Paul Burgess - Cashier/Sales Associate-Omaha, NE

United States Air Force- 33 Years Chief Master Sergeant in the US Air Force

Sapp Bros Employee Paul Burgess

What branch of Service were you in and for how long?

I served in the US Air Force for 33 years. A real honor and privilege to wear the uniform and serve my country.

What was your experience like transitioning from Military life to civilian employment?

Transitioning to working as a civilian took a bit of getting used to after my military retirement. I sincerely miss the comradeship of my fellow service members. The recognition by my subordinates, peers and those in higher positions for a job well done. The structure of the military and diversity of the personnel. The opportunities to travel and live in foreign countries and adapting to other cultures. The fact that friends become closer than family in some cases. After retiring, I worked in an international environment for more than ten years prior to joining Sapp Bros. There was no difficulty in the Sapp Bros. hiring process due to my past experiences. My first supervisor at Sapp Bros. assisted in every way possible. My most difficult thing to get used to at Sapp Bros. was to always punch in/out on the time clock! A totally new experience.

How has your experience been working for Sapp Bros?

I enjoy working at Sapp Bros. and appreciate the opportunity to continue meeting people from different areas of the country.

What advice would you like to give to Veterans that are transitioning to civilian employment?

For the transition from military to civilian I would offer the following advice: Use your prior experience to build your resume to relate as closely to possible to a civilian environment. You will learn that your former rank and position will have little or no effect or bearing on your civilian counterparts. The comradeship and close association with your new co-workers will be different than your previous life in the military. The opportunity for promotion and civilian employee performance system will probably seem very strange to you. Lastly, press your old uniform, hang it up and salute it smartly. Immerse yourself in learning and performing your new job. It can also be very rewarding.

We’re so lucky to have Paul on our team! If you’re ready to explore all of our career options open to veterans, please visit our [career center](https://recruiting.adp.com/srctcb/public/RTI.home?t=111132” Link to Career Center”) now.

Thanks so much to the three veterans who told us a little about their career path. Sapp Bros. is proud to say we have many veterans on our team and we look forward to talking with more of them over the next few months. Check back soon for new stories!


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